Washington Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Washington, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Washington

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Washington based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 98039 King County $379,331.00
2 98075 King County $263,094.00
3 98040 King County $261,417.00
4 98074 King County $237,992.00
5 98077 King County, Snohomish County $234,583.00
6 98053 King County $228,076.00
7 98112 King County $226,062.00
8 98004 King County $225,776.00
9 98006 King County $219,290.00
10 98033 King County $215,502.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Washington.

Richest Cities in Washington

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Washington. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Washington by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Yarrow Point King County $410,703.00
2 Clyde Hill King County $409,380.00
3 Medina King County $379,331.00
4 Woodway Snohomish County $286,383.00
5 Mercer Island King County $261,417.00
6 Sammamish King County $237,405.00
7 Newcastle King County $209,635.00
8 Snoqualmie King County $194,483.00
9 Bainbridge Island Kitsap County $193,264.00
10 Bellevue King County $192,078.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Washington.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Washington is $77,006.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Washington.

  • Under 25
    $45,745.00
  • 25 to 44
    $92,003.00
  • 45 to 64
    $100,122.00
  • 65 and over
    $57,423.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Washington?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Washington is $103,669.00.

12.42% of households in Washington are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Washington but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Washington

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Washington easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    12.90%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    16.46%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    16.35%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.35%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    18.70%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    9.81%
  • $200,000 or more
    12.42%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Washington. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Washington by the total number of people in Washington.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Washington and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Washington is $40,837.00.

Population in Washington by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Washington is currently 7,512,465 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Washington can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Washington.

  • 66.50% White
    5,063,850
  • 3.70% Black/African American
    283,174
  • 0.90% Native
    69,496
  • 13.20% Hispanic
    1,007,881
  • 8.90% Asian
    675,966
  • 0.60% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    49,088
  • 5.80% Two or more races
    438,682
  • 0.40% Other
    29,227

Population of Washington by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Washington is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 473,337 449,312
10 to 19 Years 479,699 458,252
20 to 29 Years 547,350 503,292
30 to 39 Years 579,828 546,436
40 to 49 Years 494,745 475,012
50 to 59 Years 475,846 471,858
60 to 69 Years 435,873 457,279
70 Years and over 345,286 423,959

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Washington.

  • Master's degree or higher
    17.06%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38.15%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12.47%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29.66%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.67%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Washington because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Washington look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Washington that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Washington that are over the age of 16 is 6,120,915 people.

The unemployment rate in Washington is 35.30%, which means 2,162,343 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Washington

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Washington. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Washington is 37.9 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Washington

37.9

Total

37

Male

38.8

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 2,931,841 households in Washington, and the average household size is 2.55 people.

For families, the total number is 1,894,023, and the average family size is 3.1 people.

6.50% of those families in Washington are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Washington in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Washington for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 1,467,589 140,435 285,999 1,037,818
Average Household Size 3.18 3.3 3.33 1.34
Total Families 1,467,589 140,435 285,999 0
Average Household Size 3.14 2.82 3.02 0

Housing Data in Washington

There are total of 3,170,695 housing units in Washington. Of those units, 2,931,841 (92.47%) are occupied, and 238,854 (7.53%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 3,170,695 housing units in Washington, 1,025,583 (32.35%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,439.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 58.82% of housing units, with 1,864,897 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Washington.

  • No rent paid
    41,361
  • Less than $500
    57,980
  • $500 to $999
    189,929
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    301,295
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    253,671
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    127,744
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    50,852
  • $3,000 or more
    44,112

Property Values

The median value of a property in Washington is $397,600.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Washington.

  • Less than $50,000
    60,979
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    44,795
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    65,591
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    105,985
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    307,423
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    627,928
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    514,540
  • $1,000,000 or more
    137,656

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Washington.

  • 1939 or earlier
    312,355
  • 1940 to 1949
    144,642
  • 1950 to 1959
    226,215
  • 1960 to 1969
    290,799
  • 1970 to 1979
    483,868
  • 1980 to 1989
    406,860
  • 1990 to 1999
    515,971
  • 2000 to 2009
    477,274
  • 2010 to 2013
    304,866
  • 2014 or later
    7,845

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Washington has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    198,606
  • 1 vehicle available
    857,151
  • 2 vehicles available
    1,088,507
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    787,577

Commuting to Work in Washington

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Washington, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 27.7 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Washington.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    89,797
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    295,433
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    399,466
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    481,175
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    443,025
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    217,270
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    435,968
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    103,862
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    138,509
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    285,198
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    217,573
  • 90 or more minutes
    100,149

We can also look at the means of transport in Washington to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    2,487,158
  • Carpooled
    337,079
  • Public transportation
    190,821
  • Walked
    120,682
  • Other means
    71,685
  • Worked from home
    463,327

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Washington.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Washington.

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